Day 1

Checking out Kobo 2 Million Free eBooks!

today i was asked this question: What are some of the reasons faculty are not interested in teaching online?

As it happens we have looked at this . In studies and focus groups we did on SLN faculty and replicated elsewhere we found that:

  1. The top faculty motivator to teach online is a more flexible work schedule.
  2. The top faculty demotivator to teaching online is inadequate compensation for perceived greater work than for traditionally delivered courses, especially for online course development, revision, and teaching.


In general we have found that:

  1. the leading online faculty motivators include the flexibility allowed by being able to teach “anytime/anywhere;” better/more personal interaction and community building supported by the medium; the technical and creativity challenges offered by this mode of teaching; being able to reach more (and more diverse) students; and better course management.
  2. Major sources of dissatisfaction among online faculty are more work, medium limitations, lack of adequate support and policies for teaching online, and the fact that the medium is not a good fit for some students.


Here are the citations and links to the articles. For additional detail,  go straight to the results and discussion sections of the papers. They are pretty readable.

Shea, P. (2007). Bridges and barriers to teaching online college courses: A study of experienced online faculty at 36 colleges. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(2), 73-128.  Preprint

Hiltz, R., Shea, P., & Kim, E. (2007). Using focus groups to study ALN faculty motivation. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(1), 107-124.  http://sloanconsortium.org/jaln/v14n1/using-focus-groups-study-aln-faculty-motivation

Online Faculty Development at Scale: The Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence

Presentation on April 3. 2014

ELI 2014 Online Spring Focus Session: Faculty Engagement and Development: Effective and Innovative Practice

SUNY has been a pioneer and leader in online education for over 20 years, and this success has been made possible by a vibrant community of researchers, instructional designers, librarians, technologists, and online educators. To build on this strong foundation, SUNY has launched the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence, which celebrates, connects, and nurtures effective online education practitioners across the SUNY system while furthering our knowledge of the most effective teaching and learning practices in online education.

Outcomes: Learn how we leverage our “SUNY systemness” and partner with our campuses to engage and connect the community of online education experts across the vast 64-campus SUNY system * Scale distinctive and comprehensive development opportunities to faculty directly and in conjunction with their home campuses * Support faculty with resources needed for course development and enhancement in conjunction with their home campuses * Encourage scholarship in online teaching and learning practices to meet the needs of today’s diverse learners and pursue research-driven innovations that increase online teaching and learning effectiveness.

Slide 2: SLN 20th anniversary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MhGRLLOJQs&list=PLrSUIV-q1uFVD7Zg1Gn7Nfm55KPWPU3AZ

Slide 4: SLN Research and publications

Slide 5: SLN online Faculty development and online course design processes/model

Slide 7: Open SUNY

Slide 8: Open SUNY initiatives – signature element in the Student Supports area: http://navigator.suny.edu/

Slide: 9: Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE )

Slide 10: COTE Research and Innovation

Slide 11: COTE Community of Practice http://commons.suny.eadu/facultycenter/community/

Slide 12: COTE Community of Practice Open SUNY Fellow Roles

Slide 13: COTE Open SUNY Fellow expectations http://commons.suny.edu/facultycenter/fellowship-expectations/

Slide 14: Open SUNY Competency Development paths for Open SUNY fellows – http://commons.suny.edu/facultycenter/skill-development/

Slide 15: Open SUNY Course Supports for “plus” degree programs – http://commons.suny.edu/facultycenter/course-supports/




events we attend

Events where we have roles.

Sloan – C  
  1. 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium April 9-11, 2014 – Dallas, TX        
  2. 11th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference & Workshop July 8-9, 2014 – Denver, CO   
  3. 20th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!, October 29-31, 2014 – Orlando, FL
  1. The National University Technology Network (NUTN) 2014 Annual Conference  September 22-24, 2014, Drury Plaza Hotel, San Antonio Riverwalk. http://www.conconnect.net/conf/rfp/RFP_main.aspx?s=user&yr=2014&id=012
  2. Mid year Board meeting – in January – usually in Texas
  1. Advisory Council  meeting and RoundTable June 18-19, 2014, Washington, D.C. P http://www.upcea.edu/content.asp?pl=336&sl=19&contentid=369
  2. Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy Annual conference and board meetings http://conferences.upcea.edu/SOLS/onlinepass.html
  1. board meeting – not sure about other meetings other than the annual conf. sent a note to the board liaison to get planning dates for this year.
  2. Annual conference, July 2014 Boston, Mass  http://events.campustechnology.com/Events/CT-Summer-Educational-Technology-Conference/Home.aspx

 Events where we have memberships or interests represented  
NMC  –
  1. 2014 NMC Summer Conference – Portland 17 June 2014 – 8:00am – 19 June 2014 – 5:00pm http://www.nmc.org/events/2014-summer-conference-portland
  1. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting Feb 3 – Feb 5,2014 New Orleans, Louisiana, and Online
NERCOMP east  
  1. Annual conf. March 24-26, 2014 Providence RI http://www.educause.edu/nercomp-conference/2014
BB world
  1. Annual conf. July 13-17, 2014 Las Vegas http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/Bb-World-and-DevCon-Registration.aspx
  1. June 5-6, 2014 Boston, MA http://www.eduventures.com/annualconference/

 Internal SUNY events
  1. http://www.cvent.com/events/cit-2014-objects-in-the-mirror-are-closer-than-they-appear-reflection-innovation-and-learning/event-summary-d65ff39614a3472585f5cf95b1e2f618.aspx May 27-30, 2014 Ithaca, NY.
  1. http://slnsolsummit2014.edublogs.org February 26-28, 2014 NYC
COIL conference
  1. http://coil.suny.edu/page/6th-coil-conference March 20-12, 2014 NYC

There may be other SUNY conferences or local events that we participate in in some capacity.

SLN SOLsummit 2013 “unsession”

SLN SOLsummit 2013 – 4th annual Unsession

http://bit.ly/SLNunsession – please edit/make corrections add anything.
Martha:MCC – new student orientation in angel with Erin Maney, collaboration with student services and instructional technologies to provide one space online for new student resources. Currently specific to new to the college aka freshman and transfer students. Contents currently support the material that is presented during the face to face on campus new student orientation.

Maureen: Orange librarians took new faculty training for Angel in order to embed librarians into Angel online courses and some web-optional courses as well.  Successful pilot.  Recommends librarians embeded in courses online and face to face.

Pam: upstate medical – librarian faculty built tutorials for undergrad and grad-level research in Nursing courses.  The online learning staff put links in each nursing course in blackboard at the request of the faculty. We are looking into the use of Alignments in Bb for aligning content and assessments with program objectives.  If you are interested in this conceptually, please see Pam Youngs-Maher or George Dale.

Keith: Purchase College – eportfolio shared services project with SUNY Delhi. We’ve connected their Moodle system to our Mahara system, so that students and faculty can single sign-on through their Moodle to access Mahara ePortfolios on our campus.  Single click transfer of learning artifacts from the LMS into ePortfolios for creating portfolios.  hosting eportfolios for other campuses, including Empire State.  Presentations planned for CIT and STC.  Let us know if your campus would like to try out ePortfolios.  (Also, I’d second the comment from Maureen at Orange about embedding librarians in the online courses, we do that with our online and face to face courses as well.)

Ellen Marie: ESC  FACT2 eportfolio task group   – several subgroups set up to look at different aspects of ePortfolio use: At SUNY (what is the current status of ePortfolio use across the system and what needs to be done to promote use of ePortfolios to support student learning).

Hope: Ulster. Nursing. medical center in SL. simulations in the clinical setting cases. Looking for partners. have an intro package to quickstart folks that want to work with them. Nursing, PT, other disciplines. To try out case studies. April 24th 1-2 webinar through the CPD. if you are interested check out the webinar and session at upcoming CIT. SL isn’t dead.  : )

Vicky: Clinton. Created a course syllabus warehouse.

Bill: Herkimer – online assessment community course has been upgraded. every semester every instructor evaluates every course they teach. peer review. system is working flawlessly. all program review data (every 5 years) is current and uptodate – automated process of doing program reviews.

Linda Unger and Paul Edelson: School of professional development: Stony Brook asynchronous programs. MA in undergraduate education program. http://www.stonybrook.edu/sed

Martie : Erie. conference at Hamilton – mobile learning summit NYSCATE March 22, 2013. nyscate.org tie with k12. Instructional tech council offers a leadership academy hosted at Erie. July 15-17, 2013.

Lisa Stephens: iitg program director. deadline is 5pm tomorrow. FLEXspace (Flexible Learning Environments eXchange) project (FACT2 taskforce) repository that holds open access examples of open spaces.  Detailed report (including screen shots) available on the FACT2 meeting notes: http://wiki.sln.suny.edu/download/attachments/16221768/FLEXspace+FACT2+Update+021013.docx

COIL – hope and keith. COIL conference. http://coil.suny.edu/4th-coil-conference

Greg : oswego COIL course.

Kim: suny learning commons. update. upgrade to cuny in a box starting monday.  Then upgrade of server capacity and later this semester we will start opening up to additional groups. We’ve also just formed a Commons Implementation Advisory Group to provide input on future decisions regarding implementation of the Commons.  Will be doing sessions at CIT to invite others to join.

Holly: plattsburg. certificate program Innovative library services through emerging technologies.  with CPD.

Kim: In additionID certificate program from SLN just completed, several oothers in the pipeline – DL Leadership, Assessment, teaching and learning, online teaching.

Carey: rethinking ATIS – mini shared services across ATIS units to leverage expertise of staff in CPD, SLN, and OLIS.

Mark McBride: bufstate librarian love. libraries in the 21st century. standards. k12 common core. will showcase info literacy building blocks at CIT.

Kim: NUTN  http://nutn.org. system-wide membership. annual conference september 16-18 in Albuquerque. and awards are open now – deadline April 5th.   The call for presentations is also open now at http://bit.ly/13pHHb6.

Michael: DL taskforce at farmingdale policies and procedures for DL. best practices for online courses.  procedure for observing online courses. not yet implemented – for next academic year. Writing center has a presence in ANGEL as a resource. with live online consultations.

UALBANY – taskforce at the university level. Has lots of ideas!!  School of public health. Online masters degree. looking for intership opportunities developing capacity.

Bob – TC3 Kaleidoscope – Open Courses using OER in Math and Psychology. Scaling with SUNY campuses:

  • Finger Lakes
  • Onondaga
  • Cayuga
  • Mohawk Valley

Eric: cornell: etext books piloting across campus.  3rd pilot. eportfolios – community of practice. eportfolio student consultants working with students and faculty.

Ed– Cayuga – assessment day every year. using collaborate for tutoring students. service learning and internships question.

UALBANY – is taking students from other states. would love a link here.

Shannon: Binghamton – college of arts and sciences. looking at training. no official courses in fall and spring. Summer offer 100 online courses taught by grad students. need to expand training for them. looking for how to support them. no IDs. at the beginning stages.

Isabelle –Oswego – teaching first online course this semester. We are exploring a solution for providing our students with flexibility between online version of a course and presence at our Metro Center and/or in Oswego. We will study a hyflex solution to resolve this starting next autumn semester. I am also preparing an online masters in health informatics and find all the presentations in this conference very helpful for that preparation.

Megan – Bufstate – BB migration. goal to have all syllabi accessible by summer. resource person in each department.

Patrice: ESC international programs. COIL course. panama and slovaki. habitat for humanity. working in virtual teams. virtual term abroad. Links?? experimenting with different sync video tools.

Grady: delhi – assesment webconferencing tools – looking at options. Staff development in January. bigbluebutton – in evaluation.

Paul:adirondack – Explore LOR. experimenting and is pretty awesome.

Caroline: Ualbany – DL taskforce. direction of online learning. doing reviews LMS, lecturecapture. OCDflex. 2 cohorts.

Karen: brockport online info session for faculty to inform and recruit. Feedback: student engagement. used online faculty to demonstrate outcomes that exceed f2f.

Martie: reminder doodle meeting lunch time tomorrow. elections – 3 open positions.

Bob: genesee – still in blackboard. Bob retireing in June. middle states reviewer. excellent experience. recommends getting middle states trained.

Diane: adjunct at canton. online year round. discussion: how many online courses should students be taking? – conversation.

Sue: HVCC middle states right now.

SLN is looking for additional campuses to pilot the new SLN Student commons. Contact Mike Walker via footprints with interest for summer 2013 by May 15. http://nglc.sln.suny.edu

what would you do if you were starting an online program from scratch?

huge question … Some small suggestions:

  • Make it part of the strategic mission and vision of the institution.
  • Think strategically about what you are doing and why.
  • Start small.
  • Target online programs, rather than courses.
  • Think about this as an institutional initiative to further specific institutional goals and the mission/vision.
  • Library, bursar, advisors, etc. … – all student services and support have to be involved in the cultural change.
  • Support. support. support.
  • Think about faculty and students as customers and make sure they are always happy.
  • Collect data and use it to prove things, to improve things, to document impact, scale, growth, and success, and to justify things, etc.
  • Build on success and word of mouth.
  • Build it one instructor at a time. Build/cultivate trust among the faculty.
  • Use your faculty to spread the word.
  • Use faculty (and their course designs) as examples.
  • Use them to mentor or train for you.
  • Create a community of practice for faculty.
  • Base your approaches, program, process, recommendations on research.
  • Contribute to the research, or get your faculty to.
  • Turn theory into practice.
  • Quick start faculty with flexible effectively design course templates that incorporate research-based effective practices.
  • Use course design rubrics, standards formatively and summatively for course reviews.
  • Support innovation and experimentation.
  • Cultivate a culture of continuous improvement at the program, faculty and course levels.
  • Institute revision and improvement cycles and processes and implement them assiduously.
  • How will you measure success and impact?

Supporting Course Transformation at Scale #edu12

This NGLC-funded project uses a number of technical interventions and approaches to support at-risk student success. The “SUNY Blend” includes a blended program, student commons staffed by concierges, a focus on developing student self-regulated learning skills, and more.

The SUNY Blend project is about student success, persistence and completion in a powerful context – to address the issue of poverty in NYS’s disadvantaged youth population. How do we support persistence, success, and completion in our at-risk community college students so they can get a degree, a higher paying job and exit poverty?

The barriers and issues faced by our at-risk student populations are many. Many struggle with competing life priorities. They work or have children and may be single parents or have multiple jobs. They enter college needing developmental courses.

Their sense of self-efficacy in their ability to succeed is low. The costs of books are a financial burden. Many first generation college students may not know how to avail themselves of the support that is available. They may feel isolated and loose their sense of community for support in a college campus setting, which would be magnified in an online learning environment. This presentation will provide an overview of this project and share approaches and resources developed that can be adopted/adapted to support Blended Online Student Success.

About NGLC

Sharing with Friends: resources and interventions you can use to support student success

  1. SUNY/SLN NGLC Project wiki: http://wiki.sln.suny.edu/x/UQOP
  2. SLN Online Student Commons: http://nglc.sln.suny.edu/
  3. Student success materials: http://bit.ly/nglcsuccess

Additional resources:

  1. http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
  2. https://www.mindbloom.com
  3. http://youtu.be/zbzqqYZHTh4
  4. http://openstudy.com/
  5. http://youtu.be/lt2s21BSYTc
  6. www.studyblue.com/about
  7. SNAPP: http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
  8. Get Snapp: https://topaz.ad.uow.edu.au/SNAPP/Menu.html

Educause 2012  Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 6-9, 2012


Mythbusting Media: Expert Tips and Techniques for Effectively Using Social and Digital Media

Shannon Ritter, Social Media Coordinator, Admissions and Recruitment, The Pennsylvania State University, asked me to participate in this panel. (#edu12 #E12_SEM11P or #edusocmedia)

I was in Detroit at the gate on my way to Denver and participated in the panel via Google+ hangout. I also prepared a video for the presentation.

This seminar will focus on common myths related to the use of social and digital media in higher education. Throughout the seminar, we will engage in dialogue with experts in specific areas of technology through the use of video, Skype, Google+, and twitter chats. During the seminar, you’ll be introduced to these experts and their different perspectives, expanding your professional network to include these resources going forward. Additionally, we’ll engage in discussion about your campus myths and work together to create a plan to move forward with the use of social and digital media to achieve your goals and objectives.